Raritan Inc. dcTrack 2.2 (tie)

Raritan Inc. dcTrack 2.2 (tie)

Data center infrastructure

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Raritan Inc. dcTrack 2.2 (tie)

The enterprise data center is a multi-disciplinary jumble of different systems and business units that need to work together but rarely speak the same language. The facilities and IT silos each have their own systems for managing data center capacity and configurations. There is a significant amount of overlap in the data being tracked by each domain, which will result in double data entry at best and at worst, misaligned data. Many of the tools available today, such as CMDBs, do not drill down deep into the infrastructure layer in the data center, including the provisioning of network, cabling, and power connectivity to the servers and other devices in the data center. They don't provide IT users the ability to visualize their data centers down to granular levels.

Raritan's dcTrack 2.2 gives data center managers visibility to all domains in the data center down to very granular levels. DcTrack can provision new systems and servers accurately and reliably. For example, when a new server is about to be added into the data center, before physically installing it, IT professionals can plan this activity in dcTrack by configuring the server in dcTrack, assigning it to available rack space, connecting to available structured cabling patch panels, connecting it to available network resources, and, most importantly, connecting to available power resources. DcTrack can verify not only that the power socket is available but also that power is available at every step in the power chain up to the UPS or the source feeding the power into the data center. Once you are able to pass through the planning stage, you can begin physically installing and connecting the server by using the built-in change management system to issue requests and work orders.

The judges said the vision associated with this product is a desirable direction for the industry. Getting traction may be a problem because of the silos often found in larger organizations, but this ambitious goal of getting IT and facilities departments on the same page is worth pursuing.

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